Urbanization is a universal phenomenon acting as engine of growth for the development of the entire hinterland. The urban growth in the country being caused by migration of population from rural areas to urban areas is a phenomenon which needs to be taken into account in planning further urban growth and built environment. Urban Growth cannot be countered and set back despite such laudable efforts as PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), which at best, can ameliorate the living conditions in some rural habitations without in any way addressing adequately the galloping urbanization in the country. Being inevitable and unavoidable it is necessary to regulate it.
By 2050- only 35 years hence, half the Indian population is anticipated to be urban. But urban area is expected to occupy only a meager three percent of the habitable land mass of the country as a whole. It means fifty percent of the population will be living in three percent of the land mass and the remaining fifty percent living in the remaining ninety seven percent of the land mass of the country. Unless given attention to, this would inevitably pose colossal problems of haphazard growth, congestion and sprawl in the urban areas which are already bursting at the seams without commensurate urban facilities.
To deal with such a phenomenal urban growth staring in our eyes, all necessary measures towards rational urban management need to be initiated right now. The 74th (seventy fourth) amendment of the Constitution took into cognizance the weak and ineffective status of local administration/bodies due to various reasons including inadequate devolution of powers and functions. The amendment aimed at uniform legal ambience over the country, accorded constitutional status to the urban bodies and put on a firmer footing the relationship between States and urban bodies. Through this amendment, the urban bodies were empowered to function as institutions of self-governance. From State Legislatures, powers and responsibilities were devolved to them to implement development schemes. The 74th amendment provided for constitution for every Metropolitan area a Metropolitan Planning Committee.
1.Sh. R.K. Kakkar
Former Chief Architect CPWD & Convener
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2.Sh. G.C. Tullar,
Ex, Secretary Karnataka, PWD
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3.Sh. Sharat Chandra Bhatia,
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4.Sh. Sudhir Vohra,
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The document submitted by Shri. Tallur was circulated to more than 150 municipal corporations/local bodies and all the Chief Secretaries. No response received.
Meanwhile Shri. Tallur has agreed to revise the document in view of various modified provisions of National Disaster Management Act, RERA Act and Revised Model Building Byelaws